For most of us, birthdays involve a party, which may include a few gifts and a special cake. It’s yet another excuse to celebrate. And we enjoy being the center of attention, if only for a day!
Clara Robertson, resident of Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Park, Illinois, is celebrating her 100th birthday. And cake and gifts are the last things on her mind.
In lieu of gits, donations to local animal shelters are on Clara’s wish list.
A lifelong animal lover, Clara has a special wish, one that she made abundantly clear to Porter Place staff, her fellow residents and her family. Instead of gifts this year, she is accepting donations for local Chicago Heights animal shelters. What a noble and worthwhile way to celebrate!
Clara’s goal is to collect 100 donation items including bowls, food, leashes, blankets and other necessities to help local shelter workers care for more dogs and cats this year.
Volunteering, charity drives, and other purposeful projects are part of life at Anthem.
Giving back to the greater community has always been something we encourage at our Anthem communities. Whether it takes the form of raising money for our local food banks, car washes to raise money for Alzheimer’s research or other volunteer and charitable activities, these purposeful projects are important to everyone who lives and works at Anthem.
With her own rescue dog, Sasha, always at her side, Clara Robertson is thrilled to see the donations rolling in for her birthday campaign. We look forward to her 101st birthday knowing that whatever she decides to do to celebrate, it will involve caring for animals in need.
Clara’s birthday mission was covered in the Chicago Tribune. You can read the article here.
(Our header image shows Clara with her amazing canine companion, Sasha, sitting contentedly at her feet!)